Ranking Member McEachin Calls for Hearing to Investigate Sexual Harassment

June 22, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Natural Resources, requested a hearing to investigate the pervasive sexual harassment at federal agencies, including the National Park Service (NPS), at today’s full committee hearing with Secretary Zinke.

Detailed reports issued by the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Inspector General indicate that sexual harassment may be engrained in NPS’ workplace culture. To begin to eliminate poisonous workplace cultures within federal agencies, Rep. McEachin seeks to provide oversight over the agencies within the committee’s jurisdiction.

“Large agencies like NPS that are geographically dispersed and isolated face particular challenges when trying to change a deeply rooted culture. I am ready and eager to work with Chairmen Bishop and Labrador to hold a hearing so that we can begin the steadfast pursuit of eliminating sexual harassment from the workplace in our federal agencies,” said Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04). “We have an obligation to victims and their families, as well as the American people to keep a watchful eye and to end sexual harassment within the federal government.”

To date, the committee has not held a hearing solely dedicated to addressing these deeply troubling reports. DOI Secretary Zinke has declared a zero-tolerance policy and promised an update of policies, new training requirements, and new reporting procedures. Congressman McEachin says “that is simply not enough.”

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